A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discolored fillings in your front teeth and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more aesthetic smile. Also, if you have had root canal treatment you most likely will need a crown to protect the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.
If you require a more extensive restoration than a single crown or have more than one tooth that needs to be repaired, a bridge might be the right solution for you. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard-wearing. If you need a bridge in your smile line, porcelain is usually added to the base to make it look more like real teeth. A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth and makes chewing and eating easier because they are fixed and can’t come out.
Some bridges can also be fixed on dental implants, if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing. More about dental implants:
Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care of your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and that you can prevent bad breath.
If you have most of or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture. A denture is made of hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance. Your denture will be made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove it for cleaning.
When you wear a denture for the first time you might need some time to get used to it when speaking, eating or chewing. It is important that you take extra care in your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Our dental hygienist will show you how to take care of your denture in a most proper way.
Dental veneers are thin porcelain or composite “covers” fixed to the whole surface of a front tooth with the primary purpose of improving the aesthetic appearance of the teeth and smile. These can be placed over single or multiple teeth, similar in concept to false nails!
If you are interested in changing the color or shape of your teeth, dental veneers might be the solution for you. Dental veneers can also be used to lengthen teeth and improve your bite or fill gaps where orthodontics may not be suitable.
A consultation with one of our dentists will determine whether veneers are the proper treatment to achieve your desired results. Fitting veneers may require the outer enamel surface of the tooth to be removed before the veneers are bonded to the tooth with special adhesive. In most cases this is a painless procedure but where more of the tooth’s surface needs to be removed, measures are taken to ensure your comfort throughout.